Shoot Like Shirley Award

Photo credit: David Bernal Photography

photo credit: David Bernal Photography

This scholarship is named in honor of Shirley Pefley, a great photographer and even better person!


Application Window:

July 1-September 1 annually


Shirley was well liked and respected among her peers not only for her excellent photography but for how much people enjoyed covering events alongside her. Shirley was always friendly, eager to "talk shop" about the newest cameras or photography trends. While KLC fotos prides itself on working with photographers who are highly skilled, we also want to be a community of photographers that supports each other, is pleasant to work with and alongside. All of the elements that Shirley embodied.

This scholarship is open to any age, gender or genre of photographer. Names will be excluded when the panel reviews the photos and statements.



Essay Questions:

1) Your plans to improve the photography industry and/or photographer community. No more than 1,000 words.

2) An example of a challenging situation you were placed in as a photographer, dealing with difficult people, and how you handled. No more than 1,000 words.


Image Submission: 10 Images and 500 word statement of "Why Photography Matters"


Character Statements: Three character statements from people you have worked with photographing (whether that's other photographers, clients, or the security guard at a venue you regularly cover) that speak to your character, the more specific example the better.

Character statements may be submitted either by sending us the email addresses of the people you wish to give your character statement -or- have them email us Subject line: Your Name - Character Statement. We do not accept indirect statements as relayed by you.

Application can be submitted via this Google Form



Currently the award is set to $100 and a one-hour photo class with Kelley L Cox.

As KLC fotos grows, we hope to also grow this award.



Winners will be announced on September 15th


A photographer may only win the Shoot Like Shirley award once, though photographers who did not receive are welcome to submit a new application each year.